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Easton fifth on North West 200 comeback

'The third fastest lap shows we maybe could have had a podium, so it sets us up nicely for Saturday and I enjoyed it' - Stuart Easton
Stuart Easton made an encouraging return to the North West 200 as the British Supersport star finished fifth in his comeback at the event.

Easton was involved in a serious accident during practice at the North West in 2011 and missed the international road race last year, but he produced a strong performance in difficult conditions to give the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha team a top five result in the first Supersport race on Thursday.

The 29-year-old battled his way through from 15th position on the first of five laps of the 8.9-mile circuit and eventually posted the third fastest time of the race on his way to fifth position.

“The race was a real tyre gamble with the conditions and the intermediate rear made for a slow start to the race, but after a couple of laps I got a good feel and started to come through,” he said.

“Once into the top ten, I could see [John] McGuinness and Co in front of me, so I plugged away and managed a top five which I'm happy enough with, considering the sketchy conditions.

“The third fastest lap shows we maybe could have had a podium, so it sets us up nicely for Saturday and I enjoyed it.”



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